I know, still running a day late!
I know, still running a day late!
Sorry guys I’m a day late on this one!
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While last week wasn’t great, it wasn’t the end of the world for me either. Tony Stewart came home 4th, my pick to win Juan Paublo Montoya came home 9th, giving my pick-a-winner average a little boost. McMurray was a solid 15th, while Danica proved again why you should never pick her, and came home in 30th.
This week I’m going out on a bit of a limb at going with Brad Keselowski for the win. He’s got it done before at Pocono under pressure and this weekend he should be feeling plenty of pressure because if he doesn’t win and win soon, he is going to be working on 2014 during the chase. For all my picks and averages for the year CLICK HERE
This week for my a driver, like I mentioned I’m going with Brad Keselowski. On the B team I’m going with Joey Logano and Greg Biffle. On the C team I’m going with David Ragan. I’m a little worried about having all my eggs in the Ford basket this week but hopefully it works out for me!
With the busy season coming on at my real job I’ve came to the realization that I don’t have the time each week to devote to writing a proper column. With that being said I’m going to discontinue the weekly writing of Restictor Plates Are Off, I will however continue to share my Yahoo Fantasy Pick ‘Em Picks and my pick for the race each week. I will from time to time be writing a NASCAR column just not on a weekly basis.
So on to the picks!
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Last week I picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at California, thanks in part to the last lap mayhem I almost came out with a winner, but I’ll settle for second place any day! That moves my average finish to 15.8 for the year. To track all my picks for 2013 CLICK HERE. This week in Martinsville I’m going with you guessed it, Mark Martin. Mark is going to be in a strong car driving the #11 Fedex Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of injured Denny Hamlin. In fact this could be Mark’s last chance at a top tier cup seat, not downing MWR’s equipment, but I think most would agree a Gibbs ride is still a level above MWR. Not to mention Mark has two wins at Martinsville, both coming in the spring race.
Last week was a win for me in one league and a top five in the other. Three of my four picks finished top ten, the other top fifteen, not too bad!
Matt Kenseth-7th, Dale Jr.-2nd, Joey Logano-3rd, Casey Mears-15th.
But this is another week and at a track where anything can and probably will happen! Wish me luck!
A. Jeff Gordon- How can you not start him here?
B. Mark Martin & Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Mark is my pick to win the race, as I said above, and Dale Jr. has been solid thus far, Martinsville should be no different.
C. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.- I know alot of people have probably been burning their Ricky Stenhouse picks up early this year, I mean lets face it there isn’t much other option in the C level. I’m a little leery any time you start a rookie at a short track, but I think Ricky can stay calm enough to pull out a solid finish if he can avoid any major wrecks.
On the Bench:(I normally don’t share these, but they do effect qualifying and there is a minor chance I could panic if someone has a horrible qualifying and practice and swap them in, so I figure I’ll start sharing them)
A-Jimmie Johnson- Again, always solid at Martinsville, I would have probably started him over Gordon, but I figured I could use his starts later in the season.
B- Kurt Busch & Ryan Newman- Both are winners here, Kurt has been strong the last two weeks, I would have felt confident starting him. I don’t think Newman is a threat to win, but he is always a solid pole contender.
C- David Reutimann- Might get a good qualifying run in, if they are running the whole race he could have a decent finish.
By: Jeff Southard
I don’t know about you, but I thought the Bristol race on Sunday was one of the most exciting I’ve seen in a while. I think last summers grinding of the top groove along with the Gen-6 race car has really made for some good racing. It wasn’t the Bristol of old, but it was still exciting, plenty of passing, a little bumping, it was a good race. Defiantly the best race of the season thus far.
I’m running a little late this week on my column so I’m going to skip the meat of it and go straight to my Yahoo Fantasy Picks and Pick-A-Winner for the week.
Martin Truex Jr. really let me down last week with a 12th place finish, but hey it could have been worse! It does improve my average finish to 19.25, top twenty baby! We are moving on up! To see all my picks thus far CLICK HERE. This week I am going with Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s off to a strong start in 2013 and needs a win. He is always good at California and Michigan, I think he’s got this one in the bag!
I had a mixed week last week, With Keselowski and Kyle Busch coming home 3rd and 2nd I was feeling good, but mix that in with Truex Jr’s 12th place run and Reutimann’s 39th place finish and it wasn’t a winning week for me in either one of my leagues. But anyway on to California!
A. Matt Kenseth- I went back and fourth between him and Jimmy Johnson on this one but I settled on Kenseth, he’s hot and on a roll right now, if he can avoid trouble he might just find victory lane!
B. Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Joey Logano- Junior is my race winner pick and Logano has a lot of fire after last week so look for him to run good as well.
C. Casey Mears- What better time than to pick Mears? Home track and he had an awesome qualifying run. Originally I had Stenhouse penciled in but he looked off in qualifying so I figured the veteran Mears was the safer bet. Hopefully he can at least bring home a 20th or so place run for me!
By: Jeff Southard
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There should have been a lot of story lines that came out of the Las Vegas race. Like the record number of passes, Matt Kenseth’s first win for Joe Gibbs, etc, etc. But thanks to NASCAR’s bone head move(more on it in a minute) to fine Denny Hamlin for expressing his thoughts on the Gen-6 race car all the above mentioned headlines took a back seat. But lets talk about it for a minute, congrats to Matt Kenseth and the #20 team for getting their first win of 2013. The last laps of the Las Vegas race were very exciting. The cars were loose and the drivers were up on the wheel. Kenseth stayed out on older tires for track position and it payed off big with a race win. It appears that the Gen-6 put just a little bit of control back in the drivers hands and it made for some great racing. I for once am actually excited about the next mile and a half race!
Maybe even bone head move of the century on the part of NASCAR! I know its been beaten into a pulp over the past week and a half so I won’t go into it very much but NASCAR’s move to penalize Denny Hamlin over comments he made about the Gen 6 race car are absurd! Had they not fined him the comments would have died down and went away. Now they have been played back thousands of times and will be over the remainder of they ear. At a time in our sport when the drivers are finally starting to have some character again NASCAR has castrated their voice. A driver would be insane to say how he feels now if its bad or negative. Heck what Hamlin said wasn’t even out of line! And it was the truth! But in the end NASCAR will always get their way, they always do, just ask Curtis Turner.
I’m giving this one to NASCAR too, for officially letting the air out of the Gen-6 race cars momentum!
Brad Keselowski, quietly off to about as good of start as you can get without winning a race. 3 races, 3 top fives, all with a new manufacture and a new race car. I guess its safe to say Bad Brad isn’t a flash in the pan after all!
Well at least my pick last week with Carl Edwards made me look I had some sort of a clue, his 5th place finish has improved my season average to 21.6. To see all my picks for the year thus far CLICK HERE.
This week I’m going some what on a limb but with someone I have a good feeling about, I’m picking Martin Truex Jr.. He along with all the MWR cars ran strong at Bristol last season, I think this might be his chance to break out and put the Napa Toyota in victory lane.
This was a rebound week for me on Yahoo as well, with Carl finishing 5th, Jimmie 6th and Mark Martin and Austin Dillon 14th and 21st respectively I at least stopped the bleeding. I’m 8th out of 11 in one league and 16th out of 48 in my other league.
This week is a bit of a wild card, you just never know what is going to happen at Bristol, but I feel pretty confident in my picks!
A. Brad Keselowski- He’s been golden at Bristol and before him Kurt Busch and Rusty Wallace had no problems taking the #2 car to victory lane for Roger Penske. Brad has been strong thus far this season, I think he’s a no brainer to start on Sunday.
B. Martin Truex Jr.- I picked him to win earlier, so I gotta pick him hear. There aren’t a ton of tracks I plan on using him at this year so I have no problem getting a start out of the way.
B. Kyle Busch- I hate to give away two Kyle Busch starts this early in the season but he’s good at Bristol, he’s been on a roll this year, and with Toyota’s engine problems seemingly out of the way he should be a thread on Sunday.
C. David Reutimann- David has always ran decent at Bristol, including a second place finish back in 2010. He finished 21st for Tommy Baldwin last year in the spring race. He’s also a strong qualifier with 4 top ten starts in his career at Bristol.